6 Apr 07
My dog was half collie half cocker spaniel, I know that border collies are indeed one of the most intelligent breeds of dog. they are very hard to keep in my opinion as they are a working dog and unless you are there all of the day they will of course get bored and destructive although this is the same for all dogs. I do like dogs but being a city girl, prefer cats. Do you like cats Urban.....?
7 Apr 07
Well it is just a matter of training, when I got her she used to only walk on a lead and would chase cars. She was about 2 and her previous owners wanted to get rid of her. First I walked her on the lead training her to walk to heal, this establishes dominance; the leader of the pack leads. Also I would always make her go last through doors and feed her after me, making her wait patiently till I had finished eating. To start with she was very insecure and nervous and would immediately become distressed if I was out of her sight. Some I had her trained to walk off the lead even through heavy traffic and sometimes I would let her run ahead. If she veered towards the road, I would shout down and she would drop. Then I would call her back and praise her, soon she learned to stick to the pavement. Then I acclimatised her to walk beside me through town with all its distractions. Although she is friendly and affectionate she is extremely dominant even with male dogs and wants to fight if the other dog will not submit but will drop on command so it is not a problem. From the start she came everywhere with me, the only problems was she grew distressed if I had to leave her but as her confidence grew she became happy to wait, in the truck or tied up outside a shop. If she cannot accompany me she will wait happily in the truck now or at home where she sleeps in her basket. Always I train her purely by repetition and reward, if some training failed I would revert to something she knew and reward her for that then try later. It took about 5 days for her to get walking upright on command. all the best urban
• Adelaide, Australia
15 Jan 12
Yes. I grew up with one. My forefathers throughout every generation here all had at least one of these always - purebred. They are the very best sheep dog bar none strewth! No one has them these days. They are very expensive to buy, even as pups. They excel when droving on roads & paddock work, but the modern kelpie is better in the yards & shearing shed. Supremely intelligent is an understatement - they can clearly read your mind! They are easy to train & stay trained, but their longer coats may present more problems to some. The border collie, unlike kelpies, work extremely well in groups of two or more. Our stories of old are full of praise for the remarkable efforts of these dogs. I can still recall the day I went out with dad to put down Old Ben... I don't think dad was quite the same ever after.
6 Apr 07
Is the border collie different from the collie? I mean...I know what the collie is ...when I was a child I was very keen on a film entitled..Come back home, Lassie...Lassie was a wonderful collie and I longed for having a dog like that...of course I could not have one...collies are big animals and we didn't have a garden and it would have been impossible living in a flat with an enormous dog...however I am still here loving collies...so if the border collie is similar to Lassie...I am already in love with him or her!!!
26 Dec 07
I had a short haired border collie cross, I called her Pokey because I used to like watching Gumby when I was a kid, and Gumbies best friend was the orange horse called Pokey. She passed away last year, I miss going for drives into the bush where she loved to chase Kangaroos, never caught one, but really got into the chase. She woke a barracks at the Air Force base one night, followed some rabbits and got me in strife.